Notifications

There’s another new way for you to get news about your favourite authors.

I told you a few weeks ago about the new feature available at Amazon on their author pages. You can now click to be notified when any author has a new book released. There’s more detail about this, as well as links to my Amazon author pages, in my post from November.

Also, as of this week, BookBub has added a feature for subscribers – if you are a BookBub subscriber, you can ask to me notified when a specific author has a new BookBub promotion. This is supposed to work even if you unsubscribe from BookBub, so it must be a separate newsletter list. You can read more about the Author Follow feature on their blog right here.

I think it’s great that portals are finally simplifying the process of having readers know what authors are up to. You might not want to subscribe to a lot of author newsletters, and you know that you will go back to your sales portal of choice or to a favourite promotion site. What do you think of these features? Are you using them, or do you plan to?

Amazon Author Pages

Amazon is one of the few portals that offers a page for each author published there. On the Amazon author page, you’ll find info about the author, a list of his or her books, and often a feed from the author’s blog (like this one. Hello, Amazon peeps!) They recently redesigned the author pages and among the new features is an Add to Favorites button.

If you click on this – and you’ll probably need to be signed into your Amazon account – you’re opting in to be notified of that author’s new releases. I think this is a really cool feature, so wanted to be sure you knew about it. The button is right under the author photo.

Here’s my Deborah Cooke author page at Amazon.

And here’s my Claire Delacroix author page at Amazon.

Updated Schedule

The Frost Maiden's Kiss, a medieval romance and third book in the True Love Brides series by Claire DelacroixNow that Thorolf is out in the world, I’ve been digging back into my writing. As I mentioned earlier, the publication of Serpent’s Kiss took a little longer than I’d expected. I also have some traveling scheduled for this month, so need to allow a buffer for that. I warned you  that I’d like change the schedule for the rest of the year, to leave a little more time for book files to make their way out into the world. Today is update day!

The Frost Maiden’s Kiss is the next book in my True Love Brides series of medieval romances. It will now be an August release. I’ll give you a firmer date once it’s off to my editor and her schedule is confirmed. I have changed the copy for The Frost Maiden’s Kiss—it has turned out that Catriona didn’t like my story as much as my own, and like my favorite characters, she’s gone and changed the story to suit herself. I’ve updated it here on the site.

I’m also trying to follow quickly with the publication of The Warrior’s Prize, and am aiming for October publication of that book. I’ll let you know closer in a couple of months as to how that’s going.

Also, there’s an additional title in the works for this summer, a collection of my own short stories and novellas called Beguiled. That is scheduled for July, so you will have some reading this summer from me.

THE COUNTESS Reader Letter

The Countess, book #1 in the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixDear Reader –

What would you do to ensure a better life for your children?

In The Countess, Eglantine is determined that her daughters don’t share her romantic fate – she wants them to have the chance to marry for love and is prepared to sacrifice a great deal to give them that opportunity. Her choice is rewarded – not just for her daughters, but for herself, for in leaving all she knows, Eglantine meets the irresistible Duncan MacLaren. I really don’t know how she kept him at distance as long as she did! I love Duncan – it was great to read his story again, and hear his stories.

The Countess is the first book in my second Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances, sometimes called the Scottish Bride Quest. Although this trilogy stands alone from the original Bride Quest, there are links between the characters. It’s not necessary to read the books in order, but reading them all is fun – I had forgotten, for example, that Burke and Alys from The Damsel have a cameo appearance in this book. It was good to see them again!

I’m very pleased that all six of the Bride Quest titles are available again, in both digital and print editions.

In other news, I’m also writing a new medieval series called The True Love Brides. This new series picks up the story of the Lammergeier family after The Rogues of Ravensmuir trilogy and the Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. Many readers have written to me over the years, concerned that the younger daughters of this family remained unmarried, and I’m delighted to have the chance to tell their stories and give them their HEA’s. The True Love Brides series is also set in Scotland. The Renegade’s Heart will be published in May 2012 and features the story of Isabella. There is more information about these new books on my website.

As with all of my re-releases, I’ve chosen not to revise this book, but to republish it pretty much the way it was published in the first place.

I’ve enjoyed revisiting The Countess, I hope you enjoy reading it, as well.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best,
Claire

Read more about The Countess.

THE BEAUTY Reader Letter

The Beauty, book #2 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances and a NYT bestselling title, by Claire DelacroixDear Reader;

What would you do to see justice served? In The Beauty, Jacqueline is certain that joining a convent is preferable to marrying any man. Experience has left her fearful of men’s desires – of course, she doesn’t expect to be kidnapped en route to the convent and persuaded otherwise. Angus MacGillivray is a wounded warrior, returned home to disappointment and determined to collect his due. He mistakes Jacqueline for another maiden, then is beguiled by her innocence and her trust.

I love how these two changed each other. Jacqueline restored Angus’ faith in the world by her faith in him and her determination to see justice served. Angus meanwhile persuaded Jacqueline that passion is not to be feared, at least not with a man who holds her as dear as he does.

The Beauty is the second book in my Scottish Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances. Although this trilogy stands alone from the original Bride Quest and it’s not necessary to read the books in order, there are links between the characters and many readers do prefer to start at the beginning. The original Bride Quest trilogy (The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress) remains available in both digital and print editions from Bantam Dell. The second Bride Quest trilogy – including The Countess, The Beauty and The Temptress – is also now available in new digital and print editions.

As with all of my re-releases, I’ve chosen not to revise this book, but to republish it pretty much the way it was published in the first place.

In spring 2012, watch for a new series of medieval romances from me, once again set in Scotland. The Renegade’s Heart is the first in The True Love Brides, a four book series that picks up the story of the Lammergeier siblings after the end of my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. These historicals also have fantasy elements, which I love to include. The Renegade’s Heart is Isabella’s story. You can learn more about all of my books on my website.

I’ve enjoyed revisiting The Beauty, and meeting Angus and Jacqueline all over again. I hope you enjoy reading their story, as well.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best,
Claire

Read more about The Beauty.

THE TEMPTRESS Reader Letter

The Temptress, book #3 of the Bride Quest II trilogy of Scottish medieval romances, by Claire DelacroixDear Reader;

Every once in a while, a character who appears in my stories who catches my interest right away. Esmeraude was just such a character. Although she was only two when she first fell from my fingertips – in The Countess – and even though she was willful, she charmed me from the start. From the very beginning of writing The Countess, I knew that I would have to write Esmeraude’s story – and I knew that she would present some man with a challenge, even as she captivated him. Her story is here, in The Temptress. Bayard is perfect for Esmeraude, given his confidence and knightly credentials, but she is far from the easy conquest he expects. Of course, as a man who has had a great deal come to him easily, Bayard is completely enchanted by her, even before he wants to be. I had a wonderful time writing the story of these two and it was great fun to revisit their story.

The Temptress is the third book in my Scottish Bride Quest trilogy of medieval romances. Although this trilogy stands alone from the original Bride Quest, there are links between the characters. Those of you who have read the entire series may enjoy meeting some of the original characters again in this story. It’s not necessary to read the books in order.

The original Bride Quest (The Princess, The Damsel and The Heiress) remain available in both digital and print editions from Bantam Dell. Now, all three of the second Bride Quest (The Countess, The Beauty and The Temptress) are also available in new digital and print editions.

As with all of my re-releases, I’ve chosen not to revise this book, but to republish it pretty much the way it was published in the first place.

In spring 2012, watch for a new series of medieval romances from me. The Renegade’s Heart will be the first in The True Love Brides, a four book series linked to my Jewels of Kinfairlie trilogy. The Renegade’s Heart is Isabella’s story. You can learn more about all of my books on my website.

I’ve enjoyed revisiting The Temptress, I hope you enjoy reading it, as well.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best,
Claire

Read more about The Temptress.

ONCE UPON A KISS Reader Letter

Once Upon a Kiss, a Scottish paranormal romance by Claire DelacroixDear Reader;

Once Upon a Kiss is a time travel and romantic comedy which was originally published under my pseudonym Claire Cross, by Berkley in their Magical Love imprint in 1998. It was the first book with a contemporary setting that I ever sold, and also the first book that I sold to a publisher other than Harlequin. Because of that, it will always be a milestone book for me.

I wrote four books for Berkley – two for the Time Passages imprint and two for the Magical Love imprint. The titles were Once Upon a Kiss, The Last Highlander, The Moonstone and Love Potion #9. These books were creative milestones in another way. When I look at them now, I can see that writing these books gave me the opportunity to play with humor more, and to work on balancing comedy and tragedy. I had a lot of fun writing these books and am pleased to be able to make them available to readers once more. All four books are available in new digital editions and new trade paperback print editions. There is also a digital boxed set, including all four of these time travel romances at a special price.

As with all of my digital re-releases, I’ve chosen not to revise this book, but to republish it pretty much the way it was published in the first place. Although I’ve learned a few things about storytelling and writing in the past fourteen years, I like the work as it stands.

In other news, I’ve returned to Scotland in my books and am happily writing medieval romance again. The Renegade’s Heart, the first book in a new four-book series called The True Love Brides, will be published in May 2012. This new series picks up the story from my Jewels of Kinfairlie series, following four more of the siblings at Kinfairlie as they meet their romantic matches and find their happily-ever-afters. The Renegade’s Heart is Isabella’s story and I’m very excited to have the chance to finally tell her tale. Visit my website for more information about this series and other upcoming releases.

I’ve enjoyed revisiting Once Upon a Kiss, and hope you enjoy reading it, as well.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best,
Claire

Read more about Once Upon A Kiss.

THE LAST HIGHLANDER Reader Letter

The Last Highlander, a Scottish time travel romance by Claire DelacroixDear Reader;

The Last Highlander is a time travel romance and romantic comedy which was originally published under my pseudonym Claire Cross, by Berkley in 1998. I wrote four books for Berkley – two for the Time Passages imprint and two for the Magical Love imprint. The titles were Once Upon a Kiss, The Last Highlander, The Moonstone and Love Potion #9. When I look at them now, I can see that writing these books gave me the opportunity to play with humor more, and to work on balancing comedy and tragedy. I had a lot of fun writing these books. For years, I heard from readers who wanted copies of these books but had no more print copies myself.

Currently, all four of these titles are available in new digital editions as well as new trade paperback print editions.

My original title for The Last Highlander was The Briar and the Rose. It’s still a title I really like, as well as the title of a song by Tom Waits with quite evocative lyrics. Holly Cole recorded a beautiful version of this song, which appears on her album Temptation. To avoid confusion, however, this re-release has the same title as the original printed edition.

As with all of my re-releases, I’ve chosen not to revise this book, but to republish it pretty much the way it was published in the first place. Although I’ve learned a few things about storytelling and writing since writing this story, I like the work as it stands. There may be a few typos or exclamation marks missing, but otherwise this edition is very similar to the original mass market edition.  

In other news, I’ve returned to Scotland in my books and am happily writing medieval romance again. The Renegade’s Heart, the first book in a new four-book series called The True Love Brides, will be published in May 2012. This new series picks up the story from my Jewels of Kinfairlie series, following four more of the siblings at Kinfairlie as they meet their romantic matches and find their happily-ever-afters. The Renegade’s Heart is Isabella’s story and I’m very excited to have the chance to finally tell her tale. Visit my website for more information about this series and other upcoming releases.

I’ve enjoyed revisiting The Last Highlander, and hope you enjoy reading Alasdair and Morgan’s story, as well.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best,
Claire

Read more about The Last Highlander.

THE MOONSTONE Reader Letter

The Moonstone, a time travel romance by Claire DelacroixDear Reader –

The Moonstone was one of four of my books that were published by Berkley under my pseudonym Claire Cross. All of these books are romantic comedies with paranormal elements – although they are technically not all time travels, I think of them as such because the hero and heroine in each story do come from different times. These books were just fun to write and I really enjoyed reading this one again. I’d forgotten how much I liked Niall and Viviane.

I decided to republish these books as Claire Delacroix titles, because it seemed to me that these four time travel romances have a lot in common with my Claire Delacroix medievals. It seemed that the same readers might enjoy both.

The other four books I published under my Claire Cross pseudonym are different – they are either contemporary romances or mainstream books with romantic elements, depending who you ask. Those books – the Coxwell Series – will be re-published this year as well. Look for Third Time Lucky, Double Trouble, One More Time and All or Nothing in new digital and print editions, beginning this summer.

As Claire Delacroix, I’ve returned to medieval Scotland again, which has always been one of my favorite haunts. I’ve picked up the story begun in the Jewels of Kinfairlie and am telling the stories of the other siblings in that big family. The new four book series is called The True Love Brides, and the first historical romance in that series is The Renegade’s Heart. It will be published in May 2012.

As with my other re-releases, though, I have resisted the temptation to revise The Moonstone – this edition is essentially the same as the original print edition. I fixed a few typos and that was about it.

I hope that you enjoy Niall and Vivianne’s story as much as I do.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

All my best –
Claire

Read more about The Moonstone.

LOVE POTION #9 Reader Letter

Love Potion #9, a paranormal romance by Claire DelacroixDear Reader –

Love Potion #9 was one of four of my books that were published by Berkley in 1998 and 1999, using my pseudonym Claire Cross. All of these books are romantic comedies with paranormal elements. Readers tell me that all of these Berkley titles have become hard to find in print – their requests are the reason for these re-releases. All four books are now available in new digital and print editions.

The other four books I published under my Claire Cross pseudonym are different – they are either contemporary romances or mainstream books with romantic elements, depending who you ask. Those books – the Coxwell Series – will be re-published this year as well. Look for Third Time Lucky, Double Trouble, One More Time and All or Nothing in new digital and print editions, beginning this summer.

Although I like each book that I’ve written, Love Potion #9 has a special place in my heart. It was the first romance I sold which was solidly set in the present day. Previous to this, I had written historical romances, as well as two time travels for Berkley.

It’s also a book that I like because of the structure – about halfway through the writing of this book, I decided to name each chapter after one card in the higher arcana of a tarot deck. This made sense, as Lilith, the heroine, reads tarot cards. But I also wanted the action of each chapter to reflect the meaning of the governing card in order for that structure to make sense. This was a creative challenge, but I was – and am – very proud of the result.

The original edition had a beautiful cover illustration by artist Judy York, showing Lilith surrounded by monarch butterflies, which is evocative of a scene in the book. I was very happy to be able to license that same image from Judy for this re-release and thank her again for that opportunity.

One of the great temptations in revisiting a previously published work is that of revising the book. Of course, authors hone their skills over time and there are things I would do differently if I wrote this story now for the first time. There is still a lot that I would do the same way with this book, though, so other than correcting a few errors, I have not made any revisions. This edition of Love Potion #9 is essentially the same as the original printed edition.

I hope that you enjoy Mitch and Lilith’s story.

Until next time, I hope you are well and have plenty of good books to read.

 All my best,
Claire

Read more about Love Potion #9.